Overseas quota for Boks?

August 7, 2013
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The South African Rugby Union (CEO) is considering putting a quota on the number of overseas players allowed in the Springbok team.

This follows after Bok coach Heyneke Meyer picked 10 overseas players in his 30-man squad for the Boks’ home leg in the upcoming Rugby Championship.

The 10 players are: Zane Kirchner (fullback), Bryan Habana (wing), Morné Steyn (flyhalf), Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Jano Vermaak (all scrumhalves), Francois Louw (flank) Juandré Kruger (lock), Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker) and Gurthrö Steenkamp (prop).

In an interview with Die Burger’s website, SARU CEO Jurie Roux said they could in future have a limit on the number of overseas Boks.

“Yes, it’s something we are considering. But within the context of a constantly changing industry that is fast developing into a global sport rather than just being a national sport in terms of opportunities offered,” said Roux.

“Players playing locally will always get first consideration, provided that the selectors have faith in their abilities.

“However, we are in a unique current situation with six players (Kirchner, Habana, Steyn, Vermaak, Kruger and Ralepelle), who were part of the Bok squad this past year, now deciding to go overseas. You can’t just replace so many players in the middle of the season.

“But these players know their chances of playing for South Africa in future cannot be guaranteed.”

Roux said it could offer an opportunity for new young players to make a name for themselves but nevertheless confirmed they will be attending to the matter.

“Naturally, it is concerning and we are working on a plan to ensure that our top players do not head abroad.”

The Boks start their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina at FNB Stadium on Saturday, August 17.
The 30-man Springbok squad for the first two legs of the Rugby Championships:

Backs: Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Juan de Jongh, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Willie le Roux, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Jean de Villiers (captain)

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Juandre Kruger, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Duane Vermeulen

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10 Comments

  1. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I am all for selecting the best overseas based players if they are the best in their position HOWEVER I am all for this quota!!

    IMO 3 players should be the limit! This will not include players that played S15 and then will be overseas based AFTER the TRC for example.

    Just my 2cents

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Yes only four of the current so called overseas players did not play Super Rugby this year so in right respect we only have four players from outside RSA

  3. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    @Jacques(Bunny):

    the four are: Ruan, Gurthro, Flouw and FDP.
    IMO I have no issues with Ruan who was one of the best in EU this last season, flouw ditto and Gurthro one of the best props in the Top 14 this season.
    FdP? Hmm – did not see him play so can’t comment too much…

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: Ja I am also looking forward too see his play, must say I think he would be better off than our players who played Supershit, don’t think Japan play as much and intense matches as we do in Super Rugby.

    He should be in good nick

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Personally I think a quota will only open the flood-gates more…

    If I’m in the top 3-4 in my position in the land… I’m still only competing with them yet I can now be earning big bucks outside of the country comfortable in the knowledge that I can more than likely push for a test place on top of that with a 25% chance or more…

    All or nothing IMO…

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!:

    Was Gurthro really that good… because let’s face it… he’s never really been that flash for the Boks when you look at his career in it’s entirety…

    Too many LH’s in the squad already…

  7. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    @bryce_in_oz:

    He was excellent and I always liked him in the Bok squad – he does not look it but is mobile and does a shit load of work in open play! Much needed IMO!
    He does more work that Beast in open play, beast is however slighty better at scrum time but a season in france would have fixed that.

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Let’s look at so called overseas players:

    Zane Kirchner – He is at this stage 3 in line behind, Roux and Lambie.
    Bryan Habana – We have JJ, Basson, Mvovo, and more youngsters coming through
    Morne Steyn – We have Lambie, Dimetri, Goosen and a fw youngsters coming through
    Scrummie – We have issues at this stage
    Francois Louw – We have too many to mention, but Flo is brilliant
    Jeandre- Sorry not a huge fan in my eye we have about 5 better than him.
    Chiliboy – He is third in the line behind Biskak and Adriaan
    Gurthro – their we are thin just because of injuries we have now.

  9. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Is Guthro still as good as 2 years ago
    when he was really hot, also putting in
    a great many tackles.

    BTW HM was hinting yesterday that FduP
    may be in the squad for WC 2015.

  10. avatar Craven says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I can understand why Heyneke opted for the inclusion of the overseas players in this instance, but guys like Kirchener should be phased out by the end of this year. From next year we need only guys who will be in the running for World Cup 2015 in the mix. With Jean playing well and Jan Serfontein looking like an ideal replacement, someone like Frans Steyn would be a brilliant option at fullback as well, why do we need Zane to hang around?

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